Awards of Excellence

The Faculty of Arts presents each year the Awards of Excellence to recognize outstanding students, professors, and graduates of the Faculty of Arts.

 


 

Distinguished Teaching Award – Full-time

This award is presented to a professor in the Faculty of Arts who has excelled in teaching and has made a significant contribution to enriching their students’ university experience.

Florian Grandena

Professor Grandena is associate professor in the Department of Communication who specializes in the world of cinema.

The course evaluations that his student submit are irrefutable: the vast majority of his students appreciate the high quality of his teaching, his course preparation, and his extensive knowledge. And Professor Grandena’s dedication is not limited to the classroom: he always makes time for his students, whether in person or online.

He guides his students in their learning without imposing his personal impressions, or cinematic trends, on the film. He feels it important to provide his students with relevant knowledge so that they can evaluate and comment on the movies being studied. He goes beyond what is normally expected of a professor: he proposes readings from various authors or researchers that allow students to form their own opinions. These students appreciate Professor Grandena’s values, including his respect for ideas and people, and his appreciation of individual and collective efforts. His teaching methods allow each student to express themselves on the subjects being taught. He regularly requests feedback from his students on both his teaching and the course content. His openness reflects not only his down-to-earth attitude, but also his passion for his profession.

 

 


 

Distinguished Teaching Award – Part-Time

This award is presented to a regular professor in the Faculty of Arts who has excelled in teaching and has made a significant contribution to enriching their students’ university experience.

Jada Watson

Jada Watson is a professor at the School of Music who is cross-appointed to the School of Information Studies. She is the coordinator of both CreatorSpace and of the Digital Humanities for the Faculty of Arts.

Her research takes an innovative approach to studying popular music genres in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Drawing from her interdisciplinary background in musicology and information studies, her research program seeks to harness the potential of music industry data to explore how genres form, develop, and change over time. Her work as a quantitative researcher focuses on the interpretation of Big Data emerging from popular music industry efforts to track sales, streams, and airplay (and ultimately, to capture revenue). Her work centres on inclusion and diversity within the genre of country music; it has revealed the origins of a decades’ long practice of gender-based programming quotas. While this type of data-driven research is common in the social sciences, Professor Watson is breaking new ground in the field of musicology and she is quickly becoming a leader in the area of relational modeling for popular music structures.

Professor Watson teaches in three academic units: Music, Information Studies and Digital Humanities. Her ability to collaborate and teach across these three departments stems from having an academic background in both musicology and information studies, as well as a research profile that actively combines these disciplines. She was also recently appointed to the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, which granted her supervisory privileges in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Her innovative approach to teaching transforms the classroom into a research-driven laboratory in which students conduct original research.

She has made significant contributions to digital humanities at the University of Ottawa. In January 2019, she was named Digital Humanities coordinator, a position that involves program development for the Minor and Summer Institute (DHSITE) and organizing the Digital Humanities Toolbox workshop series.

 


 

Early Researcher of the Year Award

The Early Researcher of the Year Award was created in 2005 to recognize the exceptional work of a researcher or artist among the regular professors of the Faculty of Arts who is beginning their career.

The recipient is selected for the quality and scope of their academic activities (research or research-creation), particularly as it relates to quality, productivity, contribution to student learning, and the ability to obtain research funding.

Elizabeth Dubois

Professor Dubois joined the Department of Communication as an assistant professor in 2016. She is an internationally recognized researcher in the field of political communication and digital media. Her cutting-edge work on political bots and search algorithms has had significant and tangible impact on academic and public discourse.

Her peer-reviewed articles are widely cited and have been published in top social science and communication journals. As one of Canada’s leading researchers in digital democracy, Professor Dubois is active in the policy-making community and has co-authored seven influential reports in this field. She has appeared before two House of Commons committees and is regularly invited to speak with civil society groups, major news outlets, and a wide range of government departments and agencies.

 

 

 

 


 

Excellence in Studies

 

Languages and Literatures 

Nikita Kamblé-Bagal

Nikita Kamblé-Bagal

Nikita is completing an Honours BA in Lettres françaises with a minor in psychology. Given her outstanding academic results, she was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Fellowship and a University of Ottawa scholarship in spring 2020. Nikita has also received numerous awards and scholarships throughout her studies. 

Nikita has been dancing kathak since 2007. A dancer at the National Arts Centre, she is also a teaching assistant at Upasana, The Spirit of Dance, and was awarded the Spirit of the Capital Youth Award in arts and culture in 2017.

Fluent in both official languages, she also speaks Marathi and Spanish.

Nikita will be starting graduate studies in Lettres françaises in fall 2020.

 

 

 

 

Emma-Catherine Wilson

Emma-Catherine Wilson

Emma-Catherine has just completed the fourth year of her undergraduate degree in the Honours in English program and is graduating as co-class president of the Faculty of Arts. 

Her interests lie in late medieval literature and she spent the third year of her studies on exchange at the University of Kent in the famously eponymous Canterbury, England. Next year she will pursue her master’s degree with thesis at uOttawa and she hopes to work increasingly firsthand with chivalric manuscripts, focusing especially on the transfer of cultural and imperial authority from France to England during the Hundred Year’s War.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fine and Performing Arts 

Isabelle Filion

Isabelle Filion

Isabelle Filion is completing a double bachelor’s in science (biochemistry) and music (performance — viola). 

Her musical studies led her to participate in the International Music Festival of the Adriatic and the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in 2018. At the University of Ottawa, she was taught by Rennie Regher and Michael Van der Sloot. Her recent involvement with the Music Student Association as vice president, academic affairs keeps her busy in her spare time.

At the same time, on the science side, she received an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program scholarship and a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Undergraduate Student Research Award to pursue her research in microbiology.

For enjoyment, Isabelle reads and practices taekwondo.

 

 

 

Humanities 

Michelle Hennessy

Michelle Hennessy

Michelle is a graduating student in the Honours BA Communication program with an option in organizational communication.

While at uOttawa, she has led multiple team projects and participated in human rights advocacy groups on campus. She has analysed survey data for the university's Office of Campus Sustainability through Community Service Learning (CSL), worked with small businesses in Ottawa on various communication-related issues, and contributed to the digital magazine Culture Bites. Through volunteer work with the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC), Michelle has helped prepare reports for the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers. Her work with the uOttawa chapter of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines has allowed her to engage the university community on global health rights and equitable access to medicines.

She plans to follow up with an MA in Communication at the University of Ottawa in the fall. 

 

 

 

Joseph H. Beauchamp

Joseph H. Beauchamp

Joseph is an undergraduate Honours Philosophy major with a minor in Applied Ethics.

During his studies, he joined the Undergraduate Philosophy Student Association as  Secretary and Vice–President of Francophone Communications.

Joseph has published philosophical papers in Pensées Canadiennes - The Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy and Brigham Young University’s Aporia undergraduate philosophy journal. He has presented papers internationally at undergrad philosophy conferences at Marist College, the State University of New York at Oneonta and the University of Louisville.

Joseph is a recipient of the 2019 “Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship: The Person, the Polis, and the Search for Happiness”, which is sponsored by the Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America and the Thomistic Institute.

His main philosophical interests span the sub-fields of Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Religion and Medieval Philosophy. Some of his heroes include Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas.

Joseph looks forward to attending law school in the Fall.

 

 

General Arts 

Austin J. Cameron

Austin J. Cameron

Austin moved from Barrie, Ontario to study in the General Arts program. He has focused on Greek and Roman studies, in keeping with his childhood fascination for ancient civilizations.

Sports are front and center in Austin’s life: he is an avid rower and trains in judo (with a mix of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and wrestling!). He is a firm believer in the relationship between athlete development and the rigors of academia.

Austin’s interests also extend to languages. He has studied German and dabbles with Mandarin Chinese and Laotian.

While in school, he volunteered with the Ottawa Hospital's Clinical Epidemiology Program as a researcher involved in study recruitment. With new insight on small- and large-scale applications of research and data analysis, he hopes to continue in this line of work through further studies or administrative functions.

Past Laureates

Professor of the Year

Every year, since 1995, the Faculty of Arts recognizes a professor who excels in the three areas of teaching, research and service to the university community.

Year Name
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015

2014

Jan GRABOWSKI 
Juana MUÑOZ-LICERAS 
2013 Marie-Hélène COTÉ 
2012 Lori BURNS 
Peter FROEHLICH 
2011 Konrad GAJEWSKI 
2010 Irene R. MAKARYK 
Seymour MAYNE 
2009 J. Douglas CLAYTON  
2008 Peter BEYER 
2007 Ruby HEAP  
2006 Antoni G. LEWKOWICZ  
2005 Michael C. BEHIELS  
2004 France MARTINEAU 
2003 Ina FERRIS 
2002 Paul MERKLEY 
Early Researcher of the Year Award

In 2005, the Faculty of Arts established the Young Researcher of the Year Award, to recognize the outstanding achievements of a researcher or artist who is in the early stages of his or her academic career.

Year Name
2020 Elizabeth DUBOIS
2019 Beverly BAKER
2018 Patrick McCurdy
2017 Geneviève BOUCHER
2016 Jackie DAWSON 
2015 Sylvie A. LAMOUREUX 
2014 Denis LACELLE 
2013 Mitia RIOUX-BEAULINE  
2012 Emma ANDERSON  
2011 Rebecca MARGOLIS 
2010 Jitse H.F. DIJKSTRA 
2009 Mawy BOUCHARD
2008 Michel BOCK 
2007 Michel FOURNIER  
2006 Michael C. SAWADA  
Distinguished Teaching Award  

The Faculty of Arts’ Distinguished Teaching Award was created in 2012 to recognize full-time and part-time professors at the Faculty of Arts who excel in teaching and whose contributions significantly enhance the student academic experience.

Year Name
2020 Florian GRANDENA
Jada WATSON
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012 Damien-Claude  BELANGER 
Sarah GLASSFORD 
Jenepher LENNOX-TERRION 
Support Staff Award of Excellence

Created in 2014, the Support Staff Award of Excellence highlights the excellence of contributions made by a unionized member of the Faculty of Arts support staff to administrative activities, student support and/or service to faculty members. Efforts that help achieve the Faculty’s or the University’s strategic goals are particularly valued. The award is presented annually, in December.

Year Name
2019 Harry KISOKA, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
2018 Diane DAOUST, Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI)
2017 Justin HANLEY, Facilities Manager, Faculty of Arts
2016 Nancy CHICOINE, Department of Translation and Interpretation
Sandra CLARK, Department of Classics and Religious Studies
2015 Nathalie MARAS, Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics
2014 Angela HACHÉ, Department of Theatre
Jeanne D'Arc TURPIN , Department of Linguistics
Excellence in Studies
Fine and Performing Arts
 
Year Name
2019
Malcolm Horava
Corine Geneviève Sauvé

Languages and Literatures
Year Name
2019
Rachel Goulet
Abigail Roche
 
Humanities
Year Name
2019
Dani Ablack
Eryn Elizabeth Ford
Emily Kimi Witherow
Excellence in Community Engagement
Young Alumnus, Alumna Award
Year Name

2019

Ana Lambert
 
Honorary Award
Year Name

2019

Jeanne d’Arc Sharp



 
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